Washington State Patrol

Centralia Driver One of Two People Injured in Hit and Run Crash

By The Chronicle

Two people were injured — one of them a Centralia woman — after a Thurston County crash in which the driver suspected of causing the incident fled the scene, according to the Washington State Patrol. 

The crash was reported at 5:42 a.m. Thursday on state Route 507 at Manke Road between Rainier and Yelm.

According to the state patrol, three vehicles were heading northbound on the highway when a 2007 Chrysler Sebring, driven by Rosa E. Garcia Escobar, 29, of Centralia, slowed to make a left turn. 

A car behind her, a 2003 Ford F-250 truck driven by Johanna R. Martin, 24, of Yelm, also slowed, but was struck from behind by a white 1988 Ford Econoline van. 

The Ford then struck the Chrysler. 

Martin and Garcia-Escobar were both injured and transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. A four-year-old boy in Martin’s vehicle was not injured, according to the state patrol.

The driver of the van fled from the scene. All three vehicles have been impounded. 

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